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Legend has it that the area beyond Culbone towards Lynmouth where Glenthorne is now situated is where Jesus may have alighted on a trip with Joseph of Arimathea. This is said to have inspired a passage from William Blake's famous poem, Milton:

Porlock Weir is a picturesque hamlet, once a busy port, is a peaceful and delightful harbour for yachts and fishing boats. Situated along the South West Coast Path, Porlock Weir is also a good starting point for walks to Porlock Marsh and Culbone - home to England's smallest church. 

Coleridge and William Wordsworth (who lived nearby at Alfoxden) would often roam the hills and coast on long night walks, leading to local gossip that they were 'spies' for the French. The Government sent an agent to investigate, but found they were "mere poets". Their walks are celebrated by the Coleridge Way which ends in Porlock. Their friend Robert Southey published a poem titled "Porlock" in 1798.

You'll find six local trails to walk with lots of information about your route.

And should your visit to Porlock be of a more permanent nature we’re here for you too with a Welcome to Porlock pack for new residents, details of forthcoming events, local groups and activities, and of course all the maps, books and information you could possibly need to get to know your new home!

Family owned and run St. Audries is set in 20 secluded acres in an “Area of Outstanding...

The village adjoins the Porlock Ridge and Saltmarsh nature reserve, created from the lowland behind a high shingle embankment which was breached by the sea in the 1990s, which has now been designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Copses of white dead trees remind the visitor of when this was freshwater pasture.

A warm welcome at spacious, comfortable cottages with superb views in Exmoor National...

The hills of Exmoor surround Porlock on three sides, with the heather covered moors cut by deep, often wooded combes with clear sparkling streams at their base.

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Porlock is a coastal village in Somerset, England, 5 miles (8 km) west of Minehead. It has a population of 1,440.[1]

East of the village is Bury Castle, an Iron Age hill fort.

Porlock is a traditional Exmoor Village with a long history of settlements existing on or near the site of the existing village, with stone-age remains only a short distance away. It is also a working village with shops supplying all that you need, to be found in the High Street. You will certainly be sure of a friendly Exmoor welcome in them all. This will be echoed in the pubs, hotels and restaurants to be found here.

Culbone Church is said to be the smallest church in England.[11] The main structure is 12th century. Services are still held there, despite the lack of road access – Culbone is a two-mile (3 km) walk from Porlock Weir, and some 3–4 miles (about 6 km) from Porlock itself.

Porlock Vale Trail & Village App for your smartphone or tablet is available to download for FREE. It will give you a taste of all that is available to do in Porlock; what to see, where to walk, where to stay, where to eat and where to shop.

Tel: (01643) 863150email: visit@porlock.co.uk

There is evidence for 10th or 11th century origin for the name Porlock as Portloc or Portloca meaning enclosure by the harbour, from the Old English 'port' and 'loca' .[3] and in the Domesday Book the village was known as "Portloc".[4] '. [1] Porlock was part of the hundred of Carhampton.[5]

The Church of St Dubricius dates from the 13th century. The spire was damaged in a storm of 1703.[4] The church has been designated by English Heritage as a grade I listed building.[14] Within the church is a 15th-century tomb of John Harrington who fought alongside Henry V in France in 1417.[15]

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Lower Rodhuish is set in Exmoor National Park, half Crown Estate and half family owned....

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The South West Coast Path goes through Porlock, many walkers stopping rather than continuing the long walk to Lynton. There is also a 'Coleridge Way' walk.

Exit M5 at J23 and follow A39, for approx. 25 miles to Minehead. Porlock is approx. 6 miles further along the A39

Four stone cottages surrounding attractive courtyard. Centre of Exmoor National Park....


On seafront at Blue Anchor overlooking the bay and backed by beautiful Exmoor and the...

At low tide the remains of a submerged forest can be seen on Porlock Beach. The area was several miles inland until the sea level in the Bristol Channel rose about 7000 to 8000 years ago.[13]

St. Audries Bay Holiday Club on the Somerset Coast at the foot of the Quantock Hills....

Self catering cottages and lodges on the edge of Exmoor National Park,Minehead, Somerset...

Porlock Weir, only 2 miles away, is a quaint little harbour with a unique charm that has to be experienced. It also boasts the remains of a prehistoric forest, small parts of which are occasionally visible still at a very low tide, and it was here that some remains of an Aurochs were found. These are now on display in the Visitor Centre in Porlock.

Tel: 01643 863150 email: visit@porlock.co.uk

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A charming Victorian cottage sitting under the gaze of St. Dubricius Church. Sun trap...

Porlock is an attractive village with old thatched cottages and a good selection of shops, cafes, restaurants and places to stay. The ancient parish church is dedicated to St Dubricius and the medieval manorial dower house contains a museum of local history. Porlock Hill is notorious for its steepness and can be by-passed by the toll road. It crosses the heathland of Porlock Common, from where there are beautiful views to Porlock Bay and Dunkery Beacon.

The village falls within the Non-metropolitan district of West Somerset, which was formed on 1 April 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972, having previously been part of Williton Rural District.[7] The district council is responsible for local planning and building control, local roads, council housing, environmental health, markets and fairs, refuse collection and recycling, cemeteries and crematoria, leisure services, parks, and tourism.

There's also information, phone numbers and website links for all local businesses and you can learn about the village and its famous people - including two poet laureates and the world's first ever computer programmer. There is information about how to get here, by car or public transport, this week's tide times and the weather forecast.

Exe Valley Caravan Site, for adults only, occupies an enchanting, peaceful setting in a...

The Visitor Centre is hosting a display of childrens artwork from a Somerset-wide project with schools inspired by 'Oyster Dredgers at Porlock Weir' painted by Charles Napier Hemy in 1890. Inspiration has come from the painting, which hangs in Taunton Museum, Porlock